's lithium-ion battery
powered car, the Volt
, is moving right along. They've nailed down a design that looks a lot like their concept they showed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
GM will also start road testing a vehicle equipped with the lithium-ion battery slated for the Volt. GM wants the battery to run for at least 150,000 miles, last 10 years, and provide sufficient vehicle acceleration.
The Volt's production is expected to begin by November 2010 in Hamtramck
's old Poletown
Larry Burns, GM's vice president for research and development, told reporters this week that the vehicle’s design has been finalized and that its styling will be close but not identical to the concept.
GM is racing to prepare the Volt for launch by November 2010 -- ahead of archirival Toyota Motor Corp.'s own plug-in vehicle, slated to debut the same vehicle.
The Volt will be powered by a lithium-ion battery that can be partially recharged by a small combustion engine.
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